King Salman of Saudi Arabia. His decision   not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders is seen as  a signal of displeasure over US actions on Iran. Photograph: Reuters

The decision of King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf leaders not to attend President Barack Obama’s summit of US and Arab leaders outside Washin(...)

Jordan’s Queen Rania holds a picture of pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh who was executed by the Islamic State earlier this year. Photograph: Petra News Agency/Reuters

Jordan is a comfort zone in this war-wretched region, a land of relative stability that has survived the violent flowering of the Arab Spring although(...)

Skipper Sidney Gavignet (right) and crew of Musandam–Oman Sail celebrate breaking the 20-year-old Round Ireland record on arrival at the National Yacht Club Dun Laoghaire Photograph: Eric Luke 0:38

A new round-Ireland record by sail has been set on Wednesday by an Omani trimaran skippered by French sailor Sidney Gavignet. Musandam-Oman Sail, whic(...)

The US guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut. The vessel has been sent to the     monitor the situation after receiving a distress call from a cargo ship that was apparently fired on and boarded by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz.  File photograph: Aaron Chase/US Navy handout/Reuters

Iranian forces boarded a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship in the Gulf after patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow and ordered it deeper i(...)

Women sitting in a car flash the “V for Victory” sign as they celebrate on Valiasr street in northern Tehran  after the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks. Iran and global powers sealed a deal on plans to curb Tehran’s chances for getting a nuclear bomb, laying the ground for a new relationship between the Islamic republic and the West. Photo: Atta Kenreatta/AFP 1:49

Iran and world powers reached a framework agreement on Friday on curbing Iran’s nuclear programme for at least a decade, a step towards a final pact t(...)

‘President Obama praised the contribution Irish people had made to the building of America.’ Above, President  Obama with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at  a St Patricks Day reception in the East Room of the White House.  Photograph:  BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

The Taoiseach has bewailed the lot of the undocumented Irish in the United States, those who cannot come home to Ireland for family funerals because t(...)

 Younger people see eggs as a healthy food because of the protein content, according to Bord Bia. Photograph: The Irish Times

Egg producers are keeping the sunny side up by more than doubling the value of their exports since 2011, according to the latest figures from the Cent(...)

Members of Building and Wood Workers’ International and Swiss Unia unions demonstrate outside Fifa headquarters in 2013. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

The International Trade Union Confederation has accused the Irish Government and others of a “conspiracy of silence” with regard to World Cup 2022 hos(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry at a news conference with Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh on Thursday. Mr Kerry met Gulf Arab foreign ministers  to brief them on progress in the nuclear talks with Iran. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday that Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, and said a nuclear dea(...)

As well as its outlets in Cork and Dublin airports, ARI runs duty free stores in Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, Oman, and India. The business has a turnover of close to €880 million a-year.

State company Aer Rianta International (ARI) has won a contract to operate a new duty free concession at New Zealand’s largest airport from next July.(...)